Daily Archives: 01/21/2013

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Gays’ LBJ

obama-inauguration-speech-2013(Community Matters) “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” – Pres Obama

“Mentioning Stonewall in the same breath as Selma moves us beyond the era of gay rights as special pleading and into the era of full gay integration,” says Jonathan Rauch, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and author of a book about gay marriage. “The fact that he made the theme so prominent tells me that he sees gay equality as a major legacy item, which it will be. He’s gays’ LBJ.”

Tana Christie

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Happy Birthday, Tana


good gosh, just realizing Molly is her spitting image

Marine Gen. James Mattis

ricksmattis(Community Matters) Absolutely no corroboration, nevertheless concerning: reports Marine General James Mattis being rushed out of position for challenging civilian national security leadership in Iran scenario planning

The White House view, apparently, is that Mattis was too hawkish, which is not something I believe, having seen him in the field over the years. I’d call him a tough-minded realist, someone who’d rather have tea with you than shoot you, but is happy to end the conversation either way.

CIVIL-MILITARY SIGNALS: The message the Obama Administration is sending, intentionally or not, is that it doesn’t like tough, smart, skeptical generals who speak candidly to their civilian superiors. In fact, that is exactly what it (and every administration) should want. Had we had more back in 2003, we might not have made the colossal mistake of invading Iraq.

Follow up from Foreign Policy